A Kid’s Guide to Native American History features more than 50 hands-on activities, games, and crafts that explore the diversity of Native American Cultures and teach children about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Native American history.
- Make Iroquois corn husk dolls
- Create an Lenni-Lenape storyteller bag
- Play Washoe stone jacks
- Design a Navajo-style Concho belt
- Design Inupiat sun goggles
- Plan an Apache-like foot toss ball game
- Create a Hawaiian Ma’o hau hele bag
Kids will love learning about the contributions made by various Native nations across the country including the Mohawk, Penobscot, Ojibway, Shoshone, Navajo, and Apache, among many others, through activities that highlight their art, games, food, clothing, unique celebrations, language, and life ways. Along the way kids will be inspired by Native people past and present including Chief Joseph, Sherman Alexie, Maria Tallchief, Nancy Ward, and Ray Young Bear.
Yvonne Wakim Dennis is the author of several publications and has been a consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She is the education director of the Nitchen Children’s Museum of Native America and codirector of Nitchen Inc.’s support program for indigenous families.
Arlene Hirschfelder is the author of numerous books on Native Americans, including Native Americans: A History in Pictures and Rising Voices: The Writings of Young Native Americans. She has been a consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
They are coauthors of Children of Native America Today.